Charlie Musselwhite is a living legend- a talented urban bluesman and harmonica player who was “born in Mississippi and raised up in Tennessee”. Musselwhite is known as one of the first white Blues musicians to master the Chicago harp style. In the 60’s Musselwhite completely immersed himself in the music scene of Chicago- especially the sounds of the South Side. It is rumored that he lived in the basement of the infamous Delmark Records with Big Joe Williams in that era. It is known that he worked as a driver for an exterminator which allowed him the opportunity to observe what was happening around the city’s clubs and bars, which undoubtably taught him a lot of what he knows today and has applied throughout his career.
Musselwhite released his first major album- the classic Stand Back! in 1966 on Vanguard Records under the name ‘Charley’ Musselwhite, which immediately became a great success. Since then he has released over twenty albums, as well as guesting on many albums my other successful musicians and bands such as Bonnie Raitt’s Longing In Their Hearts, Tom Waits’ Mule Variations, and The Blind Boys of Alabama’s Spirit of the Century. Charlie has won 14 W.C. Handy awards and has has received 6 Grammy nominations for his slick, raw style over the course of his career.
He still tours to this day. For more information and a list of tour dates check out his official site at charliemusselwhite.com
All three tracks above are from the album ‘The Harmonica According To Charlie Musselwhite‘. As usual, if you like the music please buy the album and support the artist.